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William Murphy Back in Jail, Charged with 8 Baldwin Burglaries

Police arrested Murphy at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills.

William Joseph Murphy III is accused of burglarizing eight Baldwin Borough homes—and attempting to burglarize two others—leading to an arrest by Baldwin police on Thursday at a motel on Route 51 in Jefferson Hills Borough, police Chief Michael Scott said.

Until recently, Murphy, 28, lived in the 600 block of Blossom Drive in Baldwin. He is accused of stealing items from the homes of four neighbors in that same block in south Baldwin—including one home twice—Scott said.

The three other burglaries happened on nearby Elaine and Norma drives, and on Elderslee Road in central Baldwin.

The eight burglaries for which he is being charged all occurred since October 2012, Scott said. That does not include incidents on Jan. 4 or 16 in which residents claim to have spotted Murphy trying to burglarize their homes.

The Jan. 4 incident, in which Murphy was detained by officers from multiple police departments after an attempted break-in at another Elaine Drive home, led to Murphy being sent to the Allegheny County Jail. (The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch captured that detainment on video.)

However, Murphy made $500 bail soon after.

Murphy is accused of then attempting to break in to a home on Jan. 16 on nearby Sunny Drive, Scott said. Like the Jan. 4 incident, though, Murphy was thwarted by the victim, who positively identified him, and then sent to jail.

"On Sunny ... (the victim) confronted (Murphy), and he went back out (of the house)," Scott said. "I guess his face was through the window. His head was through the window, and then, he took off running."

After Thursday's arrest, Murphy went back to the county jail, and his bail was set at $50,000, which he has not made as of Tuesday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at District Magistrate John N. Bova's Wallace Building office on Jan. 29 at 1 p.m.

In addition to the eight burglary charges coming from evidence gathered prior to Thursday's arrest, Baldwin police are also charging Murphy with 10 counts each of receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, according to an online court document.

Murphy also faces separate charges from the Jan. 4 Elaine incident, including one count each of burglary, trespassing and the illegal sale or transfer of firearms and two counts of receiving stolen property. For the Sunny Drive incident, he is charged with one count each of trespassing and criminal attempt-burglary.

Scott said that the items stolen by Murphy since October include jewelry, cash and two guns that, all told, approach $20,000 in value.

One of the guns has been returned to its owner, Scott said. Police believe that the other gun is the one that Murphy said that he bought on his own and sold for heroin.

Read through other Baldwin Borough police items here.

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Lori F January 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
You don't know the family. They didn't close their eyes. You can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped. How can you blame his brother and mother. You have no idea the hell and embarassment he put them both through. They hardly even spoke to him. He lied to them constantly.
Suzie Falon January 29, 2013 at 02:22 AM
For starters how dare anyone bring his father into this situation. There is no need to mention him and all you are doing with comments like that is adding fuel to the fire.Continuing with family, his brother is educated and certified with a good job and a good head on his shoulders. Shame on you for bringing him and the father into it. Many of you are blaming the mom. This is understandable. Has she let her drug addicted son continue to return home? Yes. Has she turned a blind eye at the fact her son was doing drugs? Yes. Did she question how he was obtaining drugs? Probably not. The real question is how many of you are parents yourselves? Those of you who are parents know what it is like to want to protect your child from the world. No parent ever wants to feel as if they have ever failed their child. But perhaps that is how his mother would have felt. She simply does not have the means to bring her son to rehab. However, maybe instead of criticizing her, members of the community should have provided support and/or assisted her in seeking help for her son. And as for the fact that she is "allowing" him to continue returning home time after time. If he is capable of breaking into random strangers homes, you really believe he can be prevented from figuring out how to get into the home he has been living in for 27 years? He is in jail now, sleep easy folks. Now all we can do is hope he gets the help he needs...
Lori F January 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM
You people need to get your facts straight and leave the mother alone. She wasn't the one who bailed him out. First, she is financially strapped and couldn't afford it and second, she was glad he was back in. She wasn't happy when he was bailed out. This time around it doesn't look like he will be getting out and he will get the help he needs. She buried her husband. The last thing she wants to do is bury her son.
cc March 19, 2013 at 01:56 PM
There are many two parent families out there that only one of the parents do the discipline. It doesn't matter if your a single parent raising children or have 2 parents raising a child. We are suppose to teach our children right from wrong. Most children learn this from an early age up, yet there are some that have psychological illnesses, addictive personalities whom don't seem to gasp what is right and what is wrong. I for one do not blame the mother or his brother as one turned out ok and the other is a bad apple. He needs help but he can only get help if he seeks it himself.
cc March 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Suzie not everyone is blaming the mother or brother. He needs help and only he can seek it for himself. Being in jail will not solve his problem, he needs to go to rehab and to fight the demons but this is a decision that only he can make on his own.

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